Philippine Daily Inquirer

Why a massage in a Turkish ‘hammam’ rejuvenate­s like no other

The experience starts in the spacious steam-heated, marble-lined room, the only one of its kind in Makati

- By Raoul J. Chee Kee @raoulcheek­ee Located at Discovery Primea’s 3rd floor, Terazi Spa is open daily, 1-11 p.m. Call 9558888; e-mail terazispa@ discovery.com.ph.

Getting a regular massage treatment used to be a luxury few people could afford. It wasn’t so much the expense as the time one had to set aside that was the problem. Between the twin stresses of work and home life, where does one find the time for some #metime?

The answer is to simply carve out a couple of hours a week for yourself, hopefully without feeling any guilt for doing so. The neighborho­od spas are a good place to start, but if you want to splurge, one place to try out is Terazi Spa at Discovery Primea.

The spa opened the same time as the Makati hotel three years ago and is one of the first to offer a Turkish-style hammam that the hotel describes as “an indulgence that promises utmost pampering and relaxation.”

The experience starts in the spacious steam-heated, marbleline­d room, the only one of its kind in Makati.

After a full-body steam where you sip on lemon water and douse yourself with water using a brass bowl, you will be asked to lie down on the oval slab for a thorough body scrub.

Full-body exfoliatio­n

The vigorous full-body exfoliatio­n using a traditiona­l kese mitt is followed by a soapy wash that will leave skin clean and refreshed. Guests are then instructed to rinse off in the shower.

To extend their pampering experience, guests can opt to continue with the spa’s signature massage that blends different massage techniques like Swedish massage, acupressur­e, and lomi-lomi, where the therapist expertly uses her forearms to knead and massage sore muscles.

This writer dozed off almost as soon as the massage started, and only woke up when he was told to flip over.

The staff at Terazi are profession­als who are trained to ask more than, “Is the pressure okay?” They offer a selection of oils, each with its own therapeuti­c properties, and inquire if you’re comfortabl­e enough.

Terazi Spa now offers a holiday spa package that starts with a 45-minute Citrus Body Glow scrub, followed by a 45-minute Terazi Signature Massage, and ends with a 45-minute Natural Facial. The spa package is priced at P6,000 nett per person and is available now until Jan. 31, 2019.

They also have the Terazi Spa Gift Package (P17,200++), a holiday gift voucher bundle consisting of best-selling treatments: two 60-minute Terazi Signature Massage treatments, one 70-minute Sports Massage, one 45-minute Citrus Body Glow scrub, one 45-minute Ginger Herbal Wrap body mask, one 60-minute Natural Facial, and one compliment­ary treatment of the guest’s choice, valid for one year.

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After a full-body steam, guests lie on the oval slab for an invigorati­ng body scrub.
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The treatment room at Terazi Spa decorated in earth tones
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Choose from treatments like traditiona­l “hilot,” facials and wraps
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Castile soap on top of the traditiona­l “kese” mitt The couple’s room
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Start and end with hot tea or a glass of water.

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